Glenn Thompson: GOP congressman attends gay son’s wedding after opposing protections for same-sex marriage


Thompson’s office said in a statement that the Pennsylvania congressman and his wife were « thrilled » to attend the nuptials and are « very happy » to welcome a new son-in-law into the family.

« Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were thrilled to attend and celebrate their son’s marriage on Friday night as he began this new chapter in his life, » Maddison Stone, a spokeswoman for Thompson, said in the statement. « The Thompsons are very happy to welcome their new son-in-law into their family. »

NBC News first reported Thompson’s attendance at his son’s wedding following his vote against the « Respect for Marriage Act » last Tuesday.
Thompson was one of 157 House Republicans to oppose the legislation, which would codify the right to same-sex and interracial marriages nationwide. Thompson’s office did not respond to a follow-up question about why he decided to vote against the measure, which is now being considered by the Senate, where 10 Republicans are needed to overcome a filibuster.

Thompson’s office, when asked to explain the congressman’s vote, pointed to a statement they issued last week calling the bill a « messaging stunt. »

« This bill was nothing more than an election-year messaging stunt for Democrats in Congress who have failed to address historic inflation and out-of-control prices at gas pumps and grocery stores, » his spokeswoman said.

This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.

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